Society and Community

The 2000 Census lists the population of the New River Valley four-county area as 165,146 persons.

Map of the New River Valley Communities

Communities in the New River Valley region are shown in blue.

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Counties

The New River Valley region of Virginia is typically defined as an area of Southwestern Virginia that includes the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski and the City of Radford.

Cities and Towns

Communities in the New River Valley include: the city of Radford; the ten incorporated towns of Blacksburg, Christianburg, Dublin, Floyd, Glen Lyn, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Rich Creek, and Pulaski; and numerous unincorporated towns and villages.

Government


Libraries

Eleven public libraries are located in the New River Valley region, collectively housing over 750,000 volumes. The publicly accessible libraries of Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College provide area residents with access to more than one million volumes.

News Media


Organizations


Schools

Colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning located in the New River Valley region include: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg; Radford University in Radford; and New River Community College in Dublin.

Weather

The climate of the New River Valley is classified as "moderate continental," characterized by moderately mild winters and warm summers. The average annual temperature is 54 degree (F), with a high of 103 degree (F) and a low of -27 degrees (F). The mean annual precipitation is 39 inches with snowfall average of 17 inches annually, with a range of 15-20 inches. Prevailing winds are from the Southwest at an average of 10 MPH.